The winter is nearing an end and that means baseball is not far away. Bookmakers have posted their win totals for the 2014 MLB season with the Los Angeles Dodgers given the top spot.
The time is quickly approaching for the pitchers and catchers of each Major League baseball team to report to spring training in Arizona and Florida.
Baseball will start to become part of the conversation, predictions will start to be made and money will start to be placed on futures boards in Vegas and online at Bovada, topbet, sportsbook.com and betonline.
On Sunday, the first win totals for all 30 Major League Baseball teams were released, as well as division odds and player props.
Most sites have listed the Los Angeles Dodgers at 93.5, giving them the highest win total for the league. With 63.5, the Houston Astros have the dubious title of having the lowest win total futures in MLB.
This season the pitching staff for the Dodgers will be one of the best in the majors. After the team was able to figure out how to win after its first 80 games, they were one of the best teams in baseball, said one analyst from Bovada.
The Dodgers own one of the best starting rotations in the league, an improved bullpen and slugger Matt Kemp is expected to once again contribute offensively, Los Angeles should be even better this season than last.
After half the season, Los Angeles was able to get Yasiel Puig playing well and they returned from the cellar in the National League West in June to the division title in late September. The Dodgers finished the regular season at 92-70, but lost to St. Louis in the NLCS 4-2.
The Dodgers have the highest payroll in the majors at $216 million, with high expectation of winning the World Series. Many wagering sites agree and have the dodgers at 5 to 1 to take the World Series.
The low win total the Astros were given at 63.5 is still much higher than they the total wins they had last season of 51.
Last season the Astros very low win total consisted of losing the last 15 regular season games. Their All-Star catcher Jason Castro also missed the last 25 games of the season. Houston has an array of talent to display this season and could threaten the OVER in that win total.
The Yankees in the last year that Derek Jeter will be playing have been given a win total of 85.5, which after appearing on the Bovada board was quickly bet up to 86.
The Yankees lost the services of the retired Mariano Rivera, free agent Robinson Cano and the suspended A-Rod. However, they added Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.
Last season the Yankees were 85-77 and contended until September. The signing of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka should help the team from the start.
Last season the Pittsburgh Pirates reached the post season and ended with a 94-68 regular season record. They lost the NL Central division by three games to the St. Louis Cardinals, but should be strong this season and have been given a win total of 84.5.
Check out the win total for your favorite clubs at sportsbook.com, topbet, Bovada and betonline.